As of yesterday I am unemployed for the first time in more than 12 years. I have quit my job to go travelling and to challenge myself to try something new – after the trip we will see what the future holds for me. Bit of a weird feeling to not have to go to work. Not that I don’t have heaps of stuff to do, I am leaving for Australia on Tuesday and have to attend a family birthday this weekend so I’m keeping fairly busy. I did find myself at one point yesterday lying flat on my back on my sofa drinking Coke Zero and watching McLeod’s Daughters on the telly (see the picture and hey it’s an aussie show, takes place in the outback and I was a bit hungover, couldn’t be helped). Daytime soaps have me hooked already and I’ve been unemployed for one day only, bugger!
Speaking of the outback, I got some wicked presents from my dear colleagues including an Ipod shuffle, the Sony GPS unit for geotagging my pictures and tracking my trip (or maybe they’re tracking me?) and a solar powered mosquito repellant that I am looking forward to testing in the outback! The little green box is a matchbox sized solar powered high pitched ghetto blaster! When switched on it produces a barely audible (not true, bloody annoyingly audible more like it!) very high pitched tone that according to the 32 page manual makes the mossies think I am a dragonfly! Amazing contraption! The manual goes to great lenghts to explain that since this is a solar powered device it will not work at night! (really?) But have no fear, this is where you light the small tealight citronella candle and stay mossie-free all night! (actually please don’t light candles for real in the outback…ever heard of bushfires?) Inspector Gadget would be proud and I will upload photos of the solar powered gadget in action in Australia soon – thanks Carina for definitely providing the funniest present!
I am super exited to say the least about going on a photo odyssey in Australia for 2-3 months. I am bringing heaps of gear including my laptop (and all my new gadgets!) and will spend as much time as possible ‘playing’ full time photographer for my photography company. So stay tuned to my blog for upcoming posts and photos! I will leave you with a shot of Darwin International Airport where I touch down next Thursday (click for full size):
Ok, so it’s actually my photo from last year of the airstrip at Moreton Telegraph Station in outback Cape York 🙂